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How one fraudster bought $309K worth of Apple products without paying a single penny

29
Jul
2014

One Apple fan ran a clever con in many Apple retail stores across the U.S., buying products worth $309,768 over 42 purchases made in 16 different states since December 2012, ComputerWorld reports, without actually having the money to pay for them. 24-year-old Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr. has been charged with wire fraud and the Secret Service claims that he tricked Apple retail staff into accepting purchases made with credit and/or debit cards that didn’t have any funds by using a clever, simple financial trick. The trick in question — which is commonly referred to as “forced sale,” “forced post” or “forced code” — allows customers whose cards are declined in a store to still make the purchase. All the merchant has to do

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